EMU guest scholar to discuss 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Presentation to focus on the societal changes that rose from the ashes

by Emily Vontom, Published October 03, 2012

Pamela Nadell

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in March 1911 was one of the deadliest industrial fires in New York history. The fire killed 146 mostly Jewish girls and young women.

Pamela Nadell, a leading scholar of Jewish-American history, will explore the societal issues that arose from the fire during her presentation, "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice," Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center ballroom.

The aftermath saw a coalition of men and women, from different backgrounds, classes, parties, and religions come together to change the way that American corporations do business.

Nadell's lecture will explore the serious questions being asked about women's rights, ethnic assimilation, the role of trade unions, and the function of social activism during this year's election cycle.

Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History at American University and the 2010 recipient of the Lee Max Friedman Award from the American Jewish Historical Society for distinguished service to the profession.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Beth Israel Social Action Committee and Eastern's College of Arts and Sciences. and made possible by the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program. For more information, please contact jewish.studies@emich.edu.

Emily Vontom

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